Spectrum Generations' AniMeals program began over a decade ago when we learned that some Meals on Wheels recipients did not have enough money to feed their pets and were sharing their delivered food with their companion animals. We worked with local veterinarians and many generous community partners to offer AniMeals in conjunction with Meals on Wheels.
Often, our Meals on Wheels consumers live in rural areas and/or are socially isolated; many have companion pets, who are a source of support, comfort and friendship. Some research studies have found that people who have a pet have healthier hearts, make fewer visits to the doctor, get more exercise, and are less depressed.
Spectrum Generations also relies on donations (monetary and food), grants, and the ongoing support from Meals on Wheels America to sustain our ability to continue this option. If you would like to donate unopened dry and/or wet cat and dog food, make a financial donation or become a volunteer, contact the Nutrition Coordinator in your area.